A Lesson Before Dying

Unabridged Audiobook

Date: May 2002

Duration: 1 hours 24 minutes


Based on Ernest J. Gaines’ National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novel, A Lesson Before Dying is set in a small Louisiana Cajun community in the late 1940’s. Jefferson, a young illiterate black man, is falsely convicted of murder and is sentenced to death. Grant Wiggins, the plantation schoolteacher, agrees to talk with the condemned man. The disheartened Wiggins had once harbored dreams of escaping from his impoverished youth, yet he returned to his home town after university, to teach children whose lives seemed as unpromising as Jefferson’s. The two men forge a bond as they come to understand what it means to resist and defy one’s own fate.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:
Rick Foucheux as Paul Bonin
Keith Glover as Grant Wiggins
Jamahl Marsh as Jefferson
Linda Powell as Vivian Baptiste
Jefferson A. Russell as Reverend Moses Ambrose
Jerry Whiddon as Sam Guidry
Beatrice Winde as Emma Glenn

Directed by Nick Olcott. Recorded at Voice of America in Washington DC.


  • Anonymous

    This book is engaging, interesting, and intense. I also enjoyed the format - more like an audioplay than an audiobook.

  • Karen S.

    I first read this book when my son went away to college, 4 years prior to O's book club, it was heart wrenching then and just as poignant and significant in its' subject matter today. I enjoyed this book on audio so much the more, that i purchased it. The many lessons from this novel are still unfolding in life today...learn,glean and share it with others.

  • Leann

    This is a old time radio verson. I liked it but wouldn't need to read again.

  • Anonymous

    I'm not sure if this was a book that was performed out loud or if it was a stage production but it was not what I was expecting or am used to hearing. Very short, only 2 CD's long and there was really no character development and there was definately room for growth. The lesson of the book was clear but with such a short and to the piont story there was no impact left afterwards. In my opinion, dont waste your time.

  • Anonymous

    This was perhaps the most boring book I had heard yet. Only 2 discs long it doesn't reach its potential in my opinion. It is read as a radio-play which makes it a little more enjoyable.

  • Anonymous

    While the description in the catalog leads one to believe that the audiobook will be Earnest Gaines' novel, it is really a play BASED on the novel by a completely different author (Romulus Linney?!?). This is NOT Gaines' novel, and for some reason, SAB will not change the catalog listing to reflect that. All in all, a very disappointing experience.

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